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lethal decision the u.s. is set to provide military aid to the syrian rebels after claiming it now has a high confidence of the small scale use of chemical weapons by assad's go. on the turkish government stepping up the pressure on protesters with another crackdown on a rallying cry. while the prime minister issues his final ultimatum. doesn't go to the polls to choose the new leader we look at the man spending his last days in office view the controversial legacy of president ahmadinejad's.
just off the ten am here in moscow to where you have in washington this is to you with me rule research show you and your worldwide headlines are straight to capitol hill we go right now washington has given the green light for the syrian rebels to prop up the opposition and a plan for a limited no fly zone over syria has also been drawn up it comes off to the u.s. administration concluded that assad's forces had used chemical weapons quote on a small scale. more important details this is quite a game changer being announced by the obama administration what we know is that the u.s. has decided that it will provide military support to syrian rebels but u.s. officials would not specify what that support will involve the national security council that the pfizer ben rhodes says that the new assistance to the syrian rebels will be different from the non-lethal communications type of quitman that
the u.s. has given before and this of course leads many to believe that the united states will now be arming the syrian opposition now these. citizens are being made after the u.s. intelligence community has independently concluded that the syrian government has used chemical weapons including the nerve agent gas sarin on a small scale against the opposition however washington so far has failed to disclose what specific evidence they have what has led them to make these conclusions and this announcement but this is counter to what chief you what investigators said just two months ago during our investigation for crimes against humanity and war crimes. we collect. money too. the made to appear that some chemical weapons were used in particular. in what was.
what appear on. to our investigation that was used by openings by the reds and we have no known indication that tool is the government. of sudan government has used chemical weapons but i was of you to the. first the first indication we got they went to the use of never opening the united states decision now to provide more military support to the syrian opposition comes ahead of a peace conference that's supposed to take place geneva at the end of this month or be they have one next month that conference was organized by the united states and russia and it was aiming to get both sides from syria to come together at the table and talk about how there could be a transitional government forms and ultimately end of the ongoing violence that's
been taking place in syria according to the united nations ninety three thousand people have been killed since this civil war began more than two years ago we should note that many experts have indicated that and believe it argued that adding more arms to such a heavily violent conflict that's ongoing in syria would actually fuel an arms race it would make the circumstance there the environment there so much more dangerous but as we see from the the announcements made by the obama administration that washington plans to aid syrian rebels militarily and they won't give specifics but it looks as though that the united states will be arming the syrian opposition. from new york city correspondent are unimportant and in the mean time author and historian gerald horne if any of that washington's allegations while probably unreliable will lend itself to escalate the conflict it seems to me
this is a very dangerous and ominous moment particularly since sunni clerics have just met in cairo egypt in a call for a holy war against the regime in damascus and instead of trying to calm things down it seems to me the obama administration is about the throw gasoline on the flames keep in mind also that just a few weeks ago the turkish authorities now that some of the rebels housed in turkey had syrian weapons that's weapons in their possession keep in mind as well that it's difficult to say if these weapons were used and if they weren't used to use them for example what was the chain of custody that allows the obama administration to conclude that it was damascus and not the rebels how did those samples get from the battlefield to washington how do we know that so i'm really gate soldier in the syrian military use these weapons precisely to invite intervention by washington there's so many questions i look forward to seeing the
evidence although i don't think that the administration will be able to provide it . all right time for you to get involved with us here on r t on the web site right now we're asking of what you think of president obama's decision to arm the syrian rebels are let's see how your voting right now from the web site and here are come the numbers here on this program now though the vast majority over fifty percent saying it's war mongering by haps being influenced by the military industrial complex the third saying it's a response of recent rebel defeats they're trying to prop up with the opposition down to sixteen percent saying well it just took obama a bit too long the decision coming just too late and just down to the bare minimum now a few actually approving the move if indeed the use of chemical weapons is confirmed well that's about that for this poll though we are taking your pulse on this issue is the big story today the top story america says that it will arm the syrian
rebels still cast your vote right now at r.t. dot com. well while the united states is still to decide just how far it might go with syria it's u.s. allies are preparing themselves for a possible flood of refugees from the war torn state germany could end up bearing the brunt giving shelter to some ten thousand who have already fled syria and that's as germany already fears the radical threat potentially posed by the return of hundreds of europeans who have gone to fight side this report now to watch peter on a. these protesters behind be in pearl in a campaigning for better rights of all refugees here in germany and the number of refugees in the country could be set to rise by around ten thousand now that's the number of people escaping violence in syria that's expected to come here to germany when it comes to the international response to the own going crisis in the embattled middle eastern country germany has certainly be more reserved and its
criticism and some of its european partners particularly the likes of france and the united kingdom both of those have called for sending arms and perhaps even military personnel to aid the rebels fighting against the tree of the syrian government that germany has and they have kept their involvement purely diplomatic however there are those in germany that fear that the actions of countries like france and like the u.k. could see germany drawn into the conflict further by the back door. on germany's not in the same position as france or great britain would like to stay away from this conflict but there are some attempts to drag the country in as far as i know there are right now thirty six fighters in other words terrorists from the free syrian army who are getting treatment in german military hospitals only to be crushed and sent on their way back to syria to terrorize the civilian population. the authorities in berlin say that they know that people have left from germany to
go and fight in syria and they also many of these are fighting with radical islamic groups against the assad government forces there is now a worry that these people could return home and pose a potential terrorist threat on the streets of germany i think it's a double threat the first threat is of course for syria and for syrian civilians as well as for the syrian army that recruits from europe holding european passports are prevalent there are fighting and of course they are learning they are terrorists fighting skills. when they're out there and the danger that those people will come back to europe one day sooner or later and practice their skills in germany in britain in france and we know from all the countries now these terrorists are traveling to syria and they will come back so this might become a really big challenge and the danger for also for the security in europe with no end in sight to the violence ongoing in syria it seems very likely that ten
thousand won't be the final number of refugees fleeing the violence that find their way here to germany and we could see that rice in the future. let's turn our attention now to that of turkey another night of violence in the turkish capital ankara police brutally dispersing crowds rallying against the government while prime minister out of the one issued a final warning to protesters demanding an end to the occupation of tech sims gezi park in istanbul and that ultimately being the flashpoint on symbol of two weeks' worth of on rest. was in turkey following the latest opulence. we've seen the protests the prose has broken out by police yet again with the use of tear gas and rubber bullets all of this happened just in the early hours of friday almost at the same time when by the series we see with their present lives from the protesters gezi park of course all of this comes as prime minister has initially said that his
patience has run out and that everybody who is not complying with the rules of the turkish government will be dispersed and that is he part will be freed however he did then meets with their percentage of the protest movement in the lead of the last information that we have learned is that there seems to have been some progress made but not no word yet exactly on what type of progress we're talking about here so again we're kind of holding our breaths here in turkey in the capital as well of course and in the stumble and seeing exactly how things develop from here and after of course we will keep you updated as. well the meantime the european parliament has blasted turkey for its disproportionate and excessive use of force against the protesters but made it the prime minister of the one furious he says he would recognize that you use resolute resolution against his country. earlier who were naughty we did speak to us. from the republican people's party
which has been struggling to confront the ruling bloc in the turkish parliament and she's increasingly worried over the escalating violence that of what she says is a possible which. we are waiting with concern and we are trying to protect the peaceful protesters who are being exposed along with along with foreign journalists along with everyone else students lawyers we are all exposed to the same vine and so i met him and live witness to it as well. we are very close here and not only about the heavy crackdown may well know the prime minister's worst but also that which. may follow everything else in the long run i am really observing here a culture of. this is this is at the end of the day this is an accusation of insults by the government. people whoever is wasn't
in the way and it being in the way that they the government want to. date stockton's calling them immoral. and then this. at the end of today for the trees. and all together with the three trees already cut down there are about forty seven trees in that park and we still haven't heard the magical words to bring down the tension in the country which would be we are not going to cut down your trees and we are not going to do that which. thank you for joining us here in all its many more stories still to come on the program including. leaks from the man who blew the whistle on america's sweeping
surveillance program edward snowden it's also hong kong the n.s.a. has been hacking hundreds of targets in china yet a new twist in the cyber standoff between beijing. which has the role of victim. when the president does it it means it's not illegal these are the words of richard nixon barack obama appears to be saying the same massive you would make surveillance of citizens all over the world defenders of prism in forming claim these programs protect lives but who is looking out to protecting our rights.
more news today. these are the images. from the streets of canada. a giant corporation. with me will receive iran is going to the polls to choose the success of president ahmadinejad he's winding up his maximum. at the top job a nuclear standoff with the u.s. the e.u. tough economic sanctions deadly protests. has
a review of the most dramatic and controversial issues of his time and also taking a moment. out. akbar has been in real estate business for years and in iran when we ask him to summarize the legacy of president ahmadinejad he talks about veto. power if you compare that right it's increased by a hundred percent says last year we have no hope for the future of the economy is bad and it's getting worse one of the president's promises of the taking office in two thousand and five was to make iran's vast oil revenues felt at the dining table of every single family was he leaves behind is a country hit by the worst financial crisis in years but there are some who say it's not a one in his job who's to blame for the downturn hundred sanctions were tough recently and it's hard to keep afloat but the president of the people and sure that iran is able to resist international pressure the iranian economy has been hit hard
by a string of ever tougher sanctions imposed successively by the new the u.n. and the u.s. over accuse ations the countries trying to develop nuclear weapon something which was never approved as a lot of ahmadinejad's has been able to stand up to the whole world over iran's nuclear program and the country is better off for it. and of a battle the departure in libya will be remembered for is his rhetoric about israel and iran sixty president relations reached the point when even war seemed very possible and while ahmadinejad has not exactly been friendly towards israel the way facts have been juggled about him has done more damage to his reputation that his own wards years ago a statement was mistakenly treatment it to him which was in the curtly translated as israel must be wiped off the face of the map and actual words were that israel must vanish from the arena of time and didn't even belong to one is shot anyway by
more tother the objective is to make up with the new judge a villain he stands for universal rights where every country would have an equal say but some powers want nothing but dominance and they focused on blocking the name of our president one of this year's presidential candidates doesn't agree say during the two thousand and nine election campaign he criticized his advisors and they were off the race that's not the best and most honest way to get the power but the. the deadly protests that raged across the country after the elections are also thought to have undermined as many jobs image the result many people were frightened of father let me not talk about my job at all. even those who don't totally support or when a judge say there is little he can actually do here according to our constitution the supreme leader has much more powers in this country almost every step the president takes should be supervised and blessed by the ayatollah so despite all
the controversies surrounding president ahmadinejad it looks like iran will continue to be a force in the region and therefore will remain the fornace side of the u.s. and its allies mahmoud ahmadinejad's eight year presidency provokes mixed feelings a very controversial leader he was equally hated the worship here in iran has been amazing. as it is in the book called defend the running policy today if iraq is over but his legacy will cause a shadow over the next president some time. break nationality to hear on iran. of course. but online as well here's a peek of what's waiting for you this hour on our web site. chaos in the skies and on the ground this is a strike by air traffic controllers and railway workers in the country as you can see many people are just stuck at the airport. or at least rest on their luggage
dot com details right there for you. the golden ward in monte carlo for the best twenty four hour news program this overall coverage of the meteor right if you remember that smash down to earth in siberia early this year. has all the details on this big win. more news today. these are the images of. the day. this is our duty in the hunt for the man behind the massive u.s.
intelligence leak edward snowden full swing with the f.b.i. pledging to take all necessary steps to prosecute and meanwhile the on the run whistleblower has been making some more revelations reportedly telling a hong kong newspaper that washington's routinely been hacking into chinese computer networks he claims that the u.s. had been hitting hundreds of targets in hong kong mainland china since two thousand and nine that includes universities businesses government officials and even chinese citizens and the revelations come after washington was recently pointing the finger towards beijing blaming it for a series of cyber attacks and u.s. officials have been unrelenting about the way they see is a threat of chinese hackers. now some leading american industrialists are calling for a serious response demanding of the beijing faces consequences for its actions and those demands of being echoed by u.s. lawmakers who say that a cyber attack from the chinese government will not be tolerated and president
obama touched on the issue noting china must follow international norms regarding cyber security threats well marjorie cohn a professor at the thomas jefferson school of law she believes snowden's revelations about china and his fight against his possible extradition will only attention to u.s. chinese relations snowden could provide valuable information to china about american hacking into chinese communications it puts the chinese government in i guess an awkward position but in powerful position as well it puts the united states in a very awkward position and so i'm sure that the american leaders are scrambling right now to decide how to deal with this how to deal with the chinese authorities there will be tremendous pressure on the chinese government by the american authorities to extradite him time will tell what they decided to do
and snowden's revelations were no big surprise to another man at the forefront of the battle for transparency wiki leaks founder julian assange and he credited the n.s.a. leaker for putting together a concrete proof that the internet is penetrated in every single aspect here's a little preview of his exclusive interview to us here at odds. where where most of the snowden revelations but in a thousand pieces one court case here from a whistleblower there from a leaked document here it was thousand different revelations looking closely at budgets and so on putting all these together. and so those people deeply involved it's not surprising. about this but. what is surprising is the see such clear direct proof in simple documents. in court orders secret court orders by the united states for mass interception and the
various different forms of mass interception for when they're from. the high tech. broke the glass from of arisan another carries in nine states these are rolled into marriage together now into one system integration into one system. is surprising. now you can catch the full interview with julian about how it's seven minutes from now. for the meantime though environmentalists are sounding the alarm after a shooting explosion rocked a chemical plant in louisiana killing one person injuring about seventy a deadly blast the whole complex ablaze residents of the surrounding area have been told to stay indoors and keep their windows closed and the plant produces a highly flammable fuel for the petrochemical industry the reason for the explosion is now being investigated and comes just two months after a similar incident at
a fertilizer plant in texas killed fifteen and raised dozens of buildings to the ground according to reports the most recent inspection took place a quarter of a century ago at the management find for safety violations publisher of the trans journal gerald celente he says government aims are just too weak to enforce the regulations already in place. you know i know regulations there are only words that are never in force it's a revolving door between industry and the legislature legislature and the legislature back to industry so what you have is a tangle of agencies both state and federal without any teeth and without any will to enforce the regulator be in force because it's the same people that represent the industry that are running the government.
ot sea world update time starting with two men and two women that have been shot dead inside a business in the u.s. city of st louis c.c.t.v. cameras caught the gunman opening fire after an argument with his colleagues before then turning the gun on himself he appeared to be the owner of one of the businesses that it's believed the victims were his employees the police have detained three people in connection with the incident. in chile thousands of students i'm good at rising education costs of clashed with the police in the capital who then responded as you can see with tear gas and water cannons the students had flooded the streets for a peaceful march still wearing their uniforms and backpacks before just one of the violent least forty arrested the students opposed to they have to pay seventy five percent of the cost of their own education is one of the highest rates in the world . and at this very moment rescue operations in effect in the philippines after
a ferry carrying fifty seven people sank at least one person reported dead so far and survivors say the vessel was overbalanced with two buses and a truck onboard helicopters on coast guard vessels are scanning the area thirty seven still missing. it was good to have you with us here in our t. today up next as promised we talked to chief wiki leaks julian a son joel about the latest surveillance revelations which have been causing so many headaches and so many ripples across capitol hill this is a hot. you know when i was in school they would tell us stories about that other goofy economic system in the eastern bloc and about why it was doomed to fail they tell us how terrified communist bureaucrats would work very hard to give the illusion of
a fish and see when their bosses were in town essentially out of fear they would try to convince the state that everything was just fine they promise of a fresh coat of paint on some stuff bump up their numbers in the books and get employees to put a smile on for the cameras so they wouldn't lose their jobs yeah this our teachers told us was a sign of true doomed economics rolling the clock forward twenty or thirty years the bosses of the current global economic system are in town and many locations around the upcoming g eight summit in northern ireland are doing their best to hide their economic downturn from the media according to our t.v. news the government of northern ireland has spent two million pounds dealing with derelict buildings some of these buildings have simply been knocked down but some have been spruced up like butcher shops with images of meat stuck over the windows to hide their barren interiors or the now famous local office supply store which contains no office supplies at all but it sure doesn't look nice and i guess that's what counts spending two million pounds to hide economic downturn from the g eight
and other eyes whether than spending it actually you know improving the local economy seems like doomed economic practices to me but that's just my opinion. with us now a man who knows what it's like to blow the whistle in a big time way and incur the wrath of washington at the same time julian assange he joins us on broadband from the ecuadorian embassy in london julian figure ever so much for taking the time to be with us much appreciated thanks for the line there for a few minutes as well. the first thing to you really i guess what does it feel like what do you feel like when you see this news that's come out about mr snowden over the last couple of days i guess you empathize here. all.
the way empathize having been through a very similar situation myself. trying to actively support through this interview or in other ways. snowden's plight back in october last year i published a book called so i put politics calling for exactly the sorts of actions in relation to the mass surveillance state that has developed in the united states and in the west more broadly exactly what mr snowden is doing so it's it's very pleasing to see such concrete to see you can prove presented before the public will end up though in a similar position do you think at the end of the day. on the run they feel like avoiding prosecution from the u.s. . well already we have seen that the department of justice united states has taken up the issue has been many calls for his prosecution he's family has been raided in holding lou by police already so yes he will be subject to
prosecution by united states for years i'm certain of that. you claim to be in contact with snowden lately could you tell us how recently that was and can you tell us anything more about what he had to say to you well we never discuss sourcing issues what we said is that we were in contact we use snowden's people in relation to the various support and advice we can give him we heard a line today from to be to press call for president putin's press secretary that if mr snowden wanted it russia make him say that giving him shelter here do you think you'd ask for it i think he would be well advised to consider that. you'd be advised to. try and find a similar offer in south america. these are countries that for south america it's quite clear where they are logically aligned that had extensive experience with the
united states and dominated the united states and south america is one of the countries where it is both table intercepts by the national security agency revealed in mr snowden's papers and ninety nine percent of south america is communications with the world with europe with russia with asia we do everyone posses for united states and dizzy said today by the national security agency so a lot of america has a real personal if you like interest in what's going on and of course russia understands this game. and putin understands this game for a long time now i'm told that. once on a was on the table in such an awful thing it would not would not be rescinded. you bradley manning now i do it snowden do you think between you will use made so much headway in the war of attrition if you like with the government sort of keeping things secret or does it still depression at night maybe it's an amazing time. just
three years after the late bradley manning revelations with bradley manning in trial possibly. continue to go to go for another live in weeks and these snowden revelations come out. i and many others had called for the exactly such revelations to expose the surveillance state so i think we're winning i think that's. part of the new international politic that is developing the internet has put many many people in contact with each other and when people are in contact with each other when they communicating with with each other they naturally form. a body politic and it's just finding its feet and the first sort of two principles to fall out of that one freedom of speech and to not mess about it's a communications this is a body politic funded founded on communications so the values of protecting the rights to communicate and protecting the privacy of communication
are the first two natural values to fall out of that interaction of. now over two billion people on the internet so it's an interesting time on the other hand. we see the emission of the big u.s. tech companies like google facebook microsoft yahoo except right now skype which is owned by mark solved into this surveillance system over two point three billion interceptions a month for the month of month for the month of march revealed just for the united states alone. so worldwide perhaps ten twenty billion interceptions. by this system that is a vost sprawling. transnational surveillance system the question is can this new collaboration of people in these new ideas new values and this
technology which we're using today which needs people to get a good value and good principle. is that capable of battling the lockheed martin's and the googles and the national security agencies of the world but time will tell julian you seen a lot you don't appear to be shocked a boat but was any of what's come out over the last week by prism the n.s.a. . as any bit shocked you i the scale of it the total integration is something that i wasn't aware of. people who have been deeply involved in this business and in studying it and researching it and publishing documents about it. where where most of the snowden revelations but in a thousand pieces from one court case here from the whistleblower there from a leaked document here it was thousand different revelations looking closely at like budgets and so on putting all this together. and so so those people deeply
involved it's not surprising we. pretend about this but. what is surprising is to see such clear direct proof in simple documents. in court orders secret court orders by united states for mass interception and the various different forms of mass interception for when they're from. the high tech companies from fiber optic lines from of arise on another carries the united states to these are rolled into mission together now into one system into machine into one system. is surprising i guess the flip side to this considering how long it's reporting to be going on for since two thousand and six or so and considering how many people would have been involved are you surprised at all this hadn't come to light that they have been earlier whistleblowers coming out of the woodwork. yes i
am the crackdown on whistleblowers has been very public and i think that escape people bit i mean there's ways to do it without ending up like. props the way bradley manning is going to go or snowden i mean most sources he revealed information perfectly fine i mean that where do we thousands and yet we only know. of two that of the head problems and it's alleged he says because they told. forms so that we don't see all the people who are if you like getting away with the successful activism because they're invisible because they remain anonymous what we see of the people who wind up with difficulties they become very visible very visible because the u.s. government and others likes to hold them up as a symbol of what will happen to you if you act but at the same time they're also visible because the media and their supporters hold them up as
a symbol of virtue and beauty treatment so unfortunately these people become very very prominent but they're in fact in them and i don't know how much more to do and how much danger could they be and we know your predicament your current plight we feel that i guess most reports say that the money is going to be made an example of the feel like we heard mr snowden saying he was worried just a couple of days ago about his nearest and dearest his girlfriend his family all the people whistleblowers that you know that are really skid right now many sources are quite scared i mean we've seen callie colleagues of mine have even stated publicly that their sources are reluctant to talk because of the crackdown against bradley manning and that's what that whole trial is trying to achieve it's trying to set a precedent for the communicating with the media these are signs communicating with
me and it's a death penalty phase. an outrageous president he works like this they allege that bradley manning communicated with the media organization which he writes we've been manipulated with the public and with other media organizations and amongst the public there exists. there's no allegation that bradley manning was intending to communicate without without. did directly communicate with al qaeda or anything like that that is not an allegation against him in the court the prosecution does not contain to. to show that what so ever what it alleges is that al qaeda like everyone else in the world read which he reads. now we know that bin laden has also recommended bob woodward books and reads the new york times this is of no consequence whatsoever he probably had dr seuss. in his compound so that sort of argument means that any.
communications and information to the media can be prosecuted for aiding the enemy and as a result. sentenced to this. and that's that really it's the end of that for security journalism united states if the president is the bush just wanted to ask you about you still hold up in the ecuadorian embassy given the clampdown that might come down now when whistleblowers after what we've seen over the last couple of days what do you think you'll personally chances are not walking free anytime soon what keeps you going what keeps us going is the worldwide support that we have which is really quite extraordinary yes which leads to the banking blockade it's called at about ninety five percent of its finances but we have worldwide support so even five percent is. five percent is not nothing the u.k. government has admitted that they've spent five million dollars in the past ten months surveilling these embassy in relation to me completely awfully
disproportionate that's an offense to you kate taxpayer people can see the geopolitics but things are starting to change politically you know stray. political party now according to the government's own polling outfit has between twenty five and twenty eight percent of the vote in the elections in september during the songs thank you for your time and thank you for being on our to international. i was going to use your right hand but you can do a sit down and you. do you say i'm a it is fair you that.
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